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Wirlpool fridge icemaker over flows, never stops running, must shut off water to stop the flow. replaced the dual water valves and still the same.

The fridge is a 2011 model and I was told it was new when we moved in the house, the water supply to the fridge was never hooked up. Once the water was hooked up water poured out on the floor through the door where the ice should come out. tried to adjust the ice size and that did not help. replaced the inlet water valves on the fridge and still the same. With the icemaker unplugged and removed, so that I could at least use the water outlet on the front of the fridge for drinking water, water still tries to flow to the icemaker non-stop.....I would think with the ice maker unplugged it would not call for water?

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I put a meter to the ice maker and got a 118.5 reading so it is good. I did not get the spitting you were talking about. The plastic screw broke when I turned it counter-clockwise. When I turned it clockwise it just raised the lever that tells you when the tray is full (it was already set as far clockwise as it would go). When I turned it counter-clockwise it turned a little and then the two plastic prongs broke off. I can't believe that is what they are made of. I was gentle with it and they still broke. No wonder everybody is sick of American products. Luckily I saved my old ice maker and swithced out the face plate (for lack of a better term). The water lines are clear. If I take the line off the back of the freezer, water will shoot out but it does seem like my problem is getting enough water and I am out of ideas. Thanks for your help. I'll take any other suggestions you might have.

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Be sure that you have the water inlet valve wired correctly.

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